J. Philip Ferguson

Interim Chairman & Interim Chief Executive Officer

Phil Ferguson is Salient’s interim chief executive officer and the interim chairman of Salient’s board of managers. Prior to being appointed by Salient’s board to interim CEO and chairman, Phil served as an independent board manager at Salient for more than seven years. Phil also serves on various other company, endowment and non-profit entities, including the investment committees of Houston Endowment Inc, Silver Ventures, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Ascendant Advisors. He is also a member of the board of trustees of U.S. Capital Advisors Fund Trust.

Throughout his over 45-year investment career, Phil has held senior roles at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Beutel, Goodman & Co. and most recently served as chief investment officer at AIM Capital Management, Inc., now Invesco Ltd, which is an independent global investment management company. He managed a department of 90 investment professionals who were responsible for over $100 billion in assets under management.

He previously served as a director of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) from 2003-2009 where he chaired the board’s compensation committee and was elected vice chairman in 2008.

Phil received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Christian University in 1967, and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law and Certificate in International Law from the City of London College in 1970.